NHS launch Spring COVID boosters for people aged 75 and over

NHS England has rolled-out its Spring COVID vaccination programme for people aged 75 and over.  

According to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, the programme is intended to target those who are most vulnerable to the disease as a precautionary measure. 

Within the NHS England statement, the organisation highlights that around five million people will be eligible for the booster, in which 600,000 people will be contacted to invite them to receive the jab.  

Additionally, the organisation notes that it is expecting a ‘high uptake’ of the boosters amongst people aged 75 and over owing to large number of participants within the last booster programme in the autumn and winter.  

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and Deputy SRO for the NHS COVID Vaccination Programme, said: “Sadly, we are still seeing large numbers of people seriously unwell in hospital with COVID so it remains vital that those most at risk come forward when they are invited to do so. 

“The response so far from the public to the largest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history has been incredible, with more than nine in 10 people aged 75 and over getting their initial booster. The NHS COVID vaccination programme is once again ready to get people protected, so when you are invited, please do come forward for your spring dose.” 

Sajid Javid, Health and Social Care Secretary, commented on the programme: “Spring boosters will help top up the immunity of the elderly and the most vulnerable to ensure they are protected and will help us continue to live with this virus. 

“Thanks to the NHS for rising to the challenge yet again to get people boosted. Please come forward as soon as you are contacted.” 

If you are eligible for the booster, the link to book an appointment can be found here.